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#POLITICS: EDO 2020: Upwelling rumble in APC

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BENIN CITY – FOR those who still believe Governor Godwin Obaseki’s recent pronouncement that reports of rift between him and his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was ‘fake news,’ happenings in the state in the last two weeks, which indicate that something is fishy between the two and their supporters, may be a cause for rethink.

Okpekpe race disclosures
Few days ago during the 7th edition of the global Okpekpe 10-kilometre road race, Obaseki was conspicuously missing and the utterances of Oshiomhole also added credence to the fact that there is crisis.

Indications that Obaseki would not attend the event manifested when it was the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Osarodion Ogie that performed the gunshot to kick-start the race and then the VIP race which was after the competitors had taken off, was led by the Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu.

If Oshiomhole had been trying to hide the fact that there is crisis with his silence, he betrayed the fact that there is one when after finishing the race, he was overheard telling a senior government official: “this is not the tradition.” His receiving of greetings from the deputy governor and sarcastic reference to Shaibu in his protocol as “former Comrade or still a Comrade Philip Shaibu” did not go unnoticed.

In a veiled reference to the governor, Oshiomhole told the people of Okpekpe that “Though today is not for politics, but politics will soon begin, take note of those who come every four years and we that come here annually to identify with you.”

Supporters of Obaseki, on various platforms have either presented a case of ‘there is no crisis in the party’ or that ‘Oshiomhole is becoming too overbearing on the governor’ whereas according to them, the governor is popular with the people.

Pro-Obaseki, Oshiomhole’s groups bicker

But in the last few days, two groups – Edo Peoples Movement, EPM, led by veteran politician, Engr. Festus Evbuonmwan, former Attorney-General of the state, Henry Idahagbon and former Whip of the House of Representatives, Hon. Samson Osagie and APC Coalition for Progress, have been at each other’s throat.

Obaseki killing Oshiomhole’s legacies — EPM

The EPM threw the first salvo when penultimate Saturday, it called an enlarged meeting were they took the governor to the cleaners alleging that he was trying to kill the legacies of Oshiomhole in the state and hand over the state to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. They said Obaseki does not deserve a second term as governor of the state.

In a communique signed by the group, they noted that “as the next governorship election in Edo State approaches, we are resolved to work and deliver any candidate who is adequately equipped to strike a balance between delivering on good governance for the people and promoting the party platform that formed the government. Governor Godwin Obaseki certainly does not fit into this condition.

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